“It’s Not The First Apology In My Career” – Sexton Apologises For Reaction To Being Replaced


Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has admitted he reacted poorly to being replaced against France on Saturday and has apologised for his actions.

Sexton has come under fire from former teammate Brian O’Driscoll as well as former Ireland head coach Eddie O’Sullivan for his actions, with many feeling he undermined Ireland head coach Andy Farrell.

But Farrell has insisted there are no hard feelings and doesn’t feel that was the case.

Sexton said he spoke to Farrell after the game and said the pair have a good relationship.

“You’ve got to take it from my point of view, it’s in the heat of the moment, it’s up there with the biggest games I’ve played in as captain,” Sexton said.

“Obviously it’s a low point and I reacted in a bad way for a split second and that’s it really. There’s not a lot more I can say.

“I spoke to Andy after the game and spoke on Sunday when I realised it was such a big thing and we sorted things out. I apologised and said ‘look, it shouldn’t have happened’. It did, it was a split second and obviously let myself down in that regard.

“You learn and you move on really. I suppose it’s not the first apology in my career and it won’t be the last. We’ll move on.

“Thankfully we’ve got a good relationship and there’s no problems going forward.”

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